EXMOUTH’S mid-winter team strengthening has continued with the signing of all-rounder Pete Turnbull.
Exmouth captain Richard Baggs described the 28 year old as a ‘bowling all-rounder’, although that may be open to interpretation.
Turnbull certainly gets batsmen out – 31 wickets at 31 each in First Class cricket while at Cambridge – but he can bat as well.
When Notts had a look at Turnbull in a 2nd XI game against Leicestershire in 2011, he scored 114. Surprisingly, Notts didn’t look at him again!
Turnbull went through the Staffordshire youth system before having a spell in the Derbyshire Academy.
He was in the Cambridge University squad for four years and appeared for the MCC Combined Universities side too.
Turnbull played a handful of Minor Counties games for Suffolk in 2009 and 2010. His knock of 84 batting at number nine set up a seven-run win over Berkshire in the one-day Unicorns Trophy.
Since joining the Services Turnbull has played for the Royal Navy – Exmouth medium pacer Alvin Pollard is a team-mate – and the UK Armed Forces XI.
A posting has brought Turnbull to Devon and Exmouth were quick to act on the tip to get him on board.
Exmouth have already signed University of Exeter seamer Ben Twine – he went through the Sussex age groups – batter Miles Lenygon from Exeter and all-rounder Andy Buzza (Bradninch).
Lenygon and Buzza are returning to Exmouth after time away.
Richard Baggs, the Exmouth captain, said Turnbull had the right profile to strengthen the team.
“I am very pleased we have signed a fine, all-round cricketer,” said Baggs.
“Pete is yound and fit and should slot in perfectly.
“With the players we already have on board for next season we have the makings of a very good, all-round side.”